Staff Members attend ACE 2010 Conference
- Author: Terri Cunningham
- Author: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
In December 2006, Health Services implemented electronic medical records and moved away from charting and filing records manually. WKU Health Services has a commitment to providing quality healthcare for the students, faculty/staff, and alumni of WKU. With the on-going changes in healthcare it is important that we stay at the forefront of medical technology.
The Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) Conference took place in Las Vegas, NV August 5-7, 2010. The conference had a 20 percent increase in attendees from 2009, which lead to a record 3,500 participants. The ACE keynote speaker was Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman. His focus was on the opportunity to build connected healthcare communities, enabling teams of providers to collaborate to deliver better care, no matter where they practice or which technology system they use. Mr. Tullman's keynote highlighted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), featuring a video message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. Blumenthal discussed the government's plan for implementing the "meaningful use" rule defining how physicians can qualify for financial incentives under ARRA.
The conference was the largest gathering of its kind since the federal government's July 13th release of the final rule on "meaningful use" of Electronic Health Records. There were over 300 educational sessions led by healthcare leaders and industry presenters, ACE provided the opportunity to share best practices on the deployment and utilization of health information technology as well as previews of the latest versions of Allscripts solutions.
As the end user, it is imperative that all Health Services staff members understand the products used in our facility, therefore, allowing Health Services to be efficient and provide quality care to patients.
Health Services attendees:
Pat Blewett, M.D.
Mitzi Allen, Medical Assistant
Jeff Rose, Associate Director
Keith Lancaster, Systems Administrator
Donna Brosche, Clinical Nurse Manager
Sondra Schilke, Medical Accounts Associate
Kathy Trulock, Patient Services/Medical Records Coordinator